Bribe Payers Index 2011
The 2011 Bribe Payers Index ranks 28 of the world’s largest economies according to the perceived likelihood of companies from these countries to pay bribes abroad. It is based on the views of business executives as captured by Transparency International’s 2011 Bribe Payers Survey. The countries and territories ranked in the Index cover all regions of the world and represent almost 80 per cent of the total world outflow of goods, services and investments. The 2011 report examines different types of bribery across sectors – including, for the first time, bribery among companies (‘private-to-private’ bribery).
END NOTES 1 Total exports plus foreign direct investment (FDI) outflows from the 28 countries ranked in the 2011 Bribe Payers Index amounted to US$ 15,800 billion in 2010. This is 78 per cent of total global exports and FDI. Source: UNCTAD data, downloaded from: http:// unctadstat.unctad.org/ReportFolders/reportFolders. aspx?sCS_referer=&sCS_ChosenLang=en. 2 For the full methodology see Appendix 1. 3 Transparency International, ‘Progress Report 2011: Enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention’, Berlin: Transparency International, 2011. 4 The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Executive Opinion Survey was conducted in 139 countries worldwide between January and May 2011. Question 10.07 asks (on a scale of 1-7) ‘How would you compare the corporate ethics (ethical behaviour in interactions with public officials, politicians and other enterprises) of firms in your country with those of other countries in the world?’ The results of this question are weighted by sector within each country surveyed and the results for Saudi Arabia are from the 2010 survey. When the WEF survey results are plotted against the Bribe Payers Index scores from the 28 countries ranked, the correlation coefficient = 0.76, with P<0.001. 5 Ernst and Young, ‘European Fraud Survey 2011: Recovery, regulation and integrity’, London: Ernst and Young, 2011. This report surveyed more than 2,300 business people in 25 countries in Europe capturing their perceptions towards fraud risks and how management and board members were responding to these challenges. See: www.ey.com/GL/en/Services/ Assurance/Fraud-Investigation---Dispute-Services/ European-fraud-survey-2011--recovery--regulation-and- integrity 6 Transparency International, ‘Business Principles for Countering Bribery’, Berlin: Transparency International, 2009. The Business Principles were developed through a multi-stakeholder exercise led by Transparency International and undertaken with the co-operation and support of a Steering Committee drawn from international business, academia, trade unions and other non-governmental bodies. They have been used by leading companies around the world to benchmark their own anti-bribery policies and procedures and have served as the basis for the development of many other anti-bribery codes and voluntary initiatives. See: www.transparency.org 7 Global Compact, ‘United Nations Global Compact Annual Review 2010’, New York: UN Global Compact Office, 2011. The Annual Review is a comprehensive annual study that assesses how – and to what extent – participating companies are implementing the ten principles; taking action in support of broader UN goals and issues; and engaging with the Global Compact locally and globally. At the centre of the review are the findings from the Annual Global Compact Implementation Survey. See: www.unglobalcompact.org/ AboutTheGC/annual_review.html 8 International Monetary Fund, ‘World Economic Outlook Update’, Washington: International Monetary Fund, June 2011. 9 In 2010 Russia made US $52,000 million worth of foreign direct investment and China US $68,000 million. In India, the figure was US $15,000 million and Brazil US $12,000 million (UNCTAD data). 10 The UK Bribery Act came into force on 1July 2011 and provides the most comprehensive anti-bribery legislation to date. This act sends a clear message to any businesses operating within the UK government’s jurisdiction, that bribery is unacceptable. Transparency International UK has published guidance on the Act and on good practice and adequate anti-bribery procedures. See: www.transparency.org.uk/working-with-companies/ adequate-procedures 11 Nicolas Ambraseys and Roger Bilham, ‘Corruption Kills’, Nature 469, 13 January 2011, 153-155. Acknowledgements Generous support for the 2011 Bribe Payers Index was provided by Ernst & Young. We are grateful for the contributions to our core activities, including this publication, from the Canadian Agency for International Development; the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland; Irish Aid; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands; the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation; Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; and the UK Department for International Development. The contents of this report do not necessarily reflect the views of these donors. For a full list of all contributors and to find out how you can support our work please visit www.transparency.org